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Live Blog: Girl Scouts’ Earth Hour Celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be holding two Earth Hour Celebrations, in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, this Saturday, March 31st, from 5 (Fort Collins)/5:30 (Colorado Springs)-9:30 p.m. You can participate in these events live via the links below. And while you are participating live, we encourage you to do your part in honoring the Earth / the environment and participating in your own Earth Hour activities from wherever you are in Colorado (or the world). Then share your activities and/or photos with those participating in the events in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs via the live blog.

Let’s show the world how Girl Scouts are at the forefront of environmental sustainability and can make a huge positive impact on the environment in just one evening! (It’s just one more way to celebrate our 100th anniversary too)

Links to the live events:

Parker Girl Scouts lead successful Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary event

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Girl Scout Troop 1292 of Parker wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in a big way. So they worked for several months to put together a Flash Mob for Girl Scouts of Colorado to celebrate this historic occasion. The dance for the Flash Mob was to the popular Girl Scout song IGNITE by Lifetime Girl Scout Member Melinda Caroll, which will be sung/danced to at many Girl Scout events over the coming year including the Rock the Mall National 100th Anniversary Sing-Along event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June.

On Saturday, March 17th, in the midst of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Denver, more than 100 Colorado Girl Scouts, who were decked out in green and grinning from ear-to-ear, gathered in Writer’s Square on 16th Street Mall for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Flash Mob. Girl Scouts, leaders, families, friends and alumnae traveled from all over Colorado to be at the event. There were girls from Aurora, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Monument, Parker, Superior, Thornton and Westminster.

Here is a video the troop created from the events. Nice work Troop 1292!

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‘Be Nice’ event gets two thumbs up from Springs troops

Submitted by Deanna Dauten
Colorado Springs
On February 16th, my troop, 844, and our sister troop, 4043, went to the Paul Mitchell School to participate in their “Be Nice” Girl Scout event. Simply put, it was awesome!
The girls had a great time getting their hair, nails and makeup done. They also learned some cool new braids along with inner beauty and respecting others. All of the proceeds for this event was donated to one or more of the following charities: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, Food 4 Africa, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, the Cancer Schmancer Movement, and Best Friends Animal Society.
In 2011, this location (out of 140 national locations) raised $25,000 for these charities and their goal is to double that in 2012 by raising $50,000. Natalie is the contact person if you would like to find out more about this great event. We give it “2 thumbs up”!
This was submitted via our Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Enthusiastic sellers from Colorado Springs take booth sales on the road

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After hitting the road at 0730 on a Saturday morning and driving to a ski resort 2 1/2 hours away for a three-hour booth, our troop shifted gears and drove about another hour to a little town for the a second booth that afternoon and early evening. Despite being a bit tired, our girls still had tons of energy left to stand up on a pile of snow and wave to cars passing by. Thanks to their enthusiasm, we were able to sell more cookies than we thought possible for being in the ‘middle of nowhere!’ Everyone we saw was friendly and most made a purchase for themselves or Hometown Heroes. What an awesome day!

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form on the website!
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Colorado Springs Girl Scouts create Cookie videos

Troop 3810 from Colorado Springs created three videos about the Girl Scout Cookie Program to earn their Marketing, Think Big and Loyal Customers Badges.

Have a cookie video you want to share with us? Share it via our website.

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Colorado Springs Daisy and Junior Girl Scout Troops Honor Veterans

          

Written by Monica Hobbs, Colorado Springs Girl Scout Leader for Troop 863 and Troop 1947

Two Girl Scout Alumnae who served the United States were honored in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade on November 5, 2011 by Girl Scout Daisy Troop 863 and Girl Scout Junior Troop 1947. Tina Solis, who was a Girl Scout Cadette and a Girl Scout Leader, served in the United States Air Force for 26 years and 7 months, retiring as a Colonel in 2000. Margaret Huard, also a dedicated Girl Scout in her youth, served in the Air Force, Operation Desert Storm and is currently an Operations Research Analyst for the Air Force Materiel Command. Solis reflected, “It was inspiring to see the young ladies show so much pride to be in Girl Scouts. I was humbled and honored to represent women veterans on the 100th Anniversary for Girl Scouts of the USA.”

Huard echoed Solis’s comments stating, “I had a great time. I have thought for years about trying to get involved somehow, so I was happy to get an invitation to join the girls and celebrate the 100th Anniversary and Veterans day. I was impressed with the thought and work that went into the float and was amazed at how many Girl Scouts were in the parade that day.”

The Girl Scout Alumnae/Veterans rode a Girl Scout 100th Anniversary float featuring Girl Scouts and Leaders from Troops 863 and 1947 around a campfire wearing historical uniforms from a 1920s Girl Scout Brownie to present day Girl Scout Daisy. The tailored look of the 1940s-60s proved to be the most popular among the girls who dreamily wished they were still the uniform of today. One Girl Scout Daisy was inspired to practice a “Pan Am” handbag walk in her 1940s Girl Scout Brownie outfit.

“It was so much fun to ride the float and get cheers from the crowd and to talk to our Vets about their experiences,” said Girl Scout Daisy Zoe Huesgen Hobbs.

The Girl Scout troops involved would like to send a special thanks to the individuals who helped with this event: Brenda at the Colorado Springs Service Center for such a great collection of uniforms; Bear Automotive for the trailer; Larry Vitagliano for the campfire; World Golf & Sand Creek GC for the haybales; and Chris Fallis and Boy Scout Pack 21 who helped construct and escort the float on the parade route.

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts take on City Hall

From “Proud Troop Leader” Monica Hobbs

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To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, 5th grade Junior Troop 1947 of Steele Elementary in Colorado Springs, aimed to get a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection near their school. Neighbors had tried for years and suggested maybe the city would listen to Girl Scouts.

The four members – Kalyana, Alexa, Chloe and Lauren – divided up the responsibilities – school, neighborhood, city and media – and when a city traffic engineer gave them a flat out “no,” it didn’t stop them. They researched safe options and built a support team of neighbors and experts; made a PowerPoint presentation of their findings and a video of the intersection and got the support of their neighborhood association board and school; they collected signatures on a petition and even found funding with a grant. Alexa Huesgen Hobbs said,”It was so exciting to see how everyone wanted to help us – most of the things we found out just by talking to people.”

Their advisors told them to take it to the citizen’s forum at City Hall, but first meet one-on-one with a couple key City Council members. (In fact, one of the City Council people they worked with was Jan Martin, a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, who are women leaders in the community.) To create buzz and generate support on the day of the presentation the troop placed signs at the dangerous intersection, invited neighbors to attend and contacted the local media. The media story ran as the second story on the 5 o’clock news and lead at 10 and was front page on the local paper’s website, being picked up by other internet news sources to include MSNBC (this story includes a link to the video the troop created about the intersection). The next day the newspaper story ran big in print on the third page! Chloe Hilby said,”It felt awesome trying to help the community.”

The troop was able to get support from the City Council in these ways. The Council not only gave the Girl Scouts a “yes,” but praised them for their well prepared and thorough presentation, and, most importantly, for not taking “no” for an answer.  They wanted young people to know that they really can make a difference. (View video of the troop’s presentation to the City Council) Kalyana Gallagher said, “It was a great experience and super fun! I learned teamwork, responsibility and safety, for sure.” Lauren Sutz added, “I learned that it is more important to help the community than yourself. When you help the community you are helping yourself.”

Did I mention these girls are 10 years old?

 

Girl Scouts of the USA also covered this story on their blog

Girl Scouts hope to break cycle of violence against women & girls

According to a National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

In 2008, Colorado domestic violence agency staff and volunteers answered 46,780 crisis intervention calls, a 20% increase from 2007.

According to 2008 Liz Claiborne research study, one in four “tween” say dating violence is a serious problem for their age.

85,000 rapes were reported in Colorado in 2010, yet an estimated 60% of rapes go unreported.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is going to be part of an important project that starts this Saturday, Oct. 29th.

We are collaborating with MidChix & MadHens, a social enterprise promoting the well-being of women & girls, on the Colorado Clothesline Project.

This event will bring together hundreds of girls (6th grade and older) and women throughout the community to create a compelling T-Shirt art exhibit acknowledging the existence and effects of widespread violence against women and girls in our society, along with efforts to break that cycle via education and empowerment of our generation as well as the next.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. (A program on domestic violence will be given by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver from 10-10:45 a.m.)

The hundreds of completed shirts will be part of a public art display in the South Gaylord Street neighborhood in Wash Park from Nov. 4th-6th. A public unveiling of the display will take place on Nov. 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, Denver.

This isn’t the first time Colorado Girl Scouts have been part of this important conversation in our community. View the public service announcement one of our Colorado Springs Girl Scouts (also a Generation Wow! Girl Scout), Rebecca Nelson, created on this subject for TESSA to earn her the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this last spring.

For more information on the Colorado Clothesline event, including how you can participate, visit our website.

Pike’s Peak community gathers to support Girl Scouts

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Photos taken by the Colorado Springs Gazette at the event

On Wednesday, Sept. 14th, hundreds of supporters of Girl Scouts of Colorado gathered at the Antler’s Hilton in Colorado Springs for the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction and Generation Wow! breakfast. This annual event, now in its 11th year, had special significance this year as Girl Scouts’ kicks off their 100th anniversary of its founding on March 12, 1912. The event also raised approximately $30,000 for Girl Scouting in the Pike’s Peak area.

During the event, Girl Scouts named six new women leaders in the community to the Women of Distinction honor. They were: Cynthia Doty, Consultant, PR, Community Relations and Military Collaborations; Stephannie Finley, President, Government Affairs, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce; Cindy Fowler, Business Development/Community Relations for OfficeScapes; Sharyn Markus, Executive Director, Colorado Springs Dental Society; Sara Honn Qualls, Professor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Danielle Summerville, Executive Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Pikes Peak.

Also honored were 21 of the 100 girls named as Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in celebration of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary. Generation Wow! recognizes outstanding girls between the ages of 5 and 18 whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders. Honorees in attendance included: Bailey Andersen, Teagan Boda, Emma Louise Coffey, KC Cruz, Chiara Degenhardt, Rebecca Derryberry, Calli Jo Garcia, Zoe Hayward, Emily Lundquist, Hannah Lundquist, Megan Lundquist, Rachel Nelson, Ashlynn Secor, Alessandra Smith, Alora Stroh, Katherine Toldy, Eliana Wackerman, Sydney Wegner and Rebecca Mary Yukman (awards were also accepted for Rebecca Nelson and Amy West).

Generation Wow! honorees, Katherine Toldy and Becki Yukman, as well as the family of Becki Yukman spoke about the difference Girl Scouting has made in their lives.

Special thanks goes to event co-chairs, who are past Women of Distinction, Judy Cara and Jennifer Barber.

Read more about this event, including bios on our Women of Distinction honorees and those who sponsored the event, in the event program. Also learn more about our Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in the program booklet put together in their honor.

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